Theodore Dalrymple quotes

  • When every benefit received is a right, there is no place for good manners, let alone for gratitude.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Gratitude #Good Man #Benefits

  • When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Liars #Lying #People

  • Considering the importance of resentment in our lives, and the damage it does, it receives scant attention from psychiatrists and psychologists. Resentment is a great rationalizer: it presents us with selected versions of our own past, so that we do not recognize our own mistakes and avoid the necessity to make painful choices.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Mistake #Past #Choices

  • Nonjudgmentalism is not really nonjudgmental. It is the judgment that . . . everything is the same, nothing is better. This is as barbaric and untruthful a doctrine as has yet emerged from the fertile mind of man.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Men #Mind #Doctrine

  • There is nothing that an intellectual less likes to change than his mind, or a politician his policy.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Mind #Intellectual #Likes

  • The loss of the religious understanding of the human condition—that Man is a fallen creature for whom virtue is necessary but never fully attainable—is a loss, not a gain, in true sophistication. The secular substitute—the belief in the perfection of life on earth by the endless extension of a choice of pleasures—is not merely callow by comparison but much less realistic in its understanding of human nature.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Religious #Loss #Men

  • Where a reputation for intolerance is more feared than a reputation for vice itself, all manner of evil may be expected to flourish.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Evil #May #Vices

  • The idea that freedom is merely the ability to act upon one's whims is surely very thin and hardly begins to capture the complexities of human existence; a man whose appetite is his law strikes us not as liberated but enslaved.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Men #Law #Ideas

  • I've heard a hundred different variations of instances of unadulterated female victimhood, yet the silence of the feminists is deafening. Where two pieties--feminism and multi-culturalism--come into conflict, the only way of preserving both is an indecent silence.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Two #Feminist #Silence

  • How many people does each of us know who claim to seek happiness but freely choose paths inevitably leading to misery?
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #People #Path #Doe

  • The need always to lie and always to avoid the truth stripped everyone of what Custine called 'the two greatest gifts of God-the soul and the speech which communicates it.' People became hypocritical, cunning, mistrustful, cynical, silent, cruel, and indifferent to the fate of others as a result of the destruction of their own souls.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Lying #Fate #Two

  • Obesity is the result of a loss of self-control. Indeed, loss of self-control might be said to be the defining social (or anti-social) characteristic of our age: public drunkenness, excessive gambling, promiscuity and common-or-garden rudeness are all examples of our collective loss of self-control.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Loss #Garden #Self

  • Childhood in large parts of modern Britain, at any rate, has been replaced by premature adulthood, or rather adolescence. Children grow up very fast but not very far. That is why it is possible for fourteen-year-olds now to establish friendships with twenty-six-year-olds - because they know by the age of fourteen all they are ever going to know.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Growing Up #Children #Years

  • Turgenev saw human beings as individuals always endowed with consciousness, character, feelings, and moral strengths and weaknesses; Marx saw them always as snowflakes in an avalanche, as instances of general forces, as not yet fully human because utterly conditioned by their circumstances. Where Turgenev saw men, Marx saw classes of men; where Turgenev saw people, Marx saw the People. These two ways of looking at the world persist into our own time and profoundly affect, for better or for worse, the solutions we propose to our social problems.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Character #Men #Class

  • It is only by having desire thwarted, and thereby learning to control it — in other words, by becoming civilized — that men become fully human.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Men #Desire #Becoming

  • Feeling good about yourself is not the same thing as doing good. Good policy is more important than good feelings.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Feel Good #Feelings #Important

  • In claiming that prohibition, not the drugs themselves, is the problem, Nadelmann and many others - even policemen - have said that "the war on drugs is lost." But to demand a yes or no answer to the question "Is the war against drugs being won?" is like demanding a yes or no answer to the question "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" Never can an unimaginative and fundamentally stupid metaphor have exerted a more baleful effect upon proper thought.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #War #Stupid #Wife

  • Do I grow cleverer with age, or does the world grow more stupid?
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Stupid #America #Age

  • If the history of the 20th Century proved anything, it proved that however bad things were, human ingenuity could usually find a way to make them worse.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Way #Century #Ingenuity

  • The bravest and most noble are not those who take up arms, but those who are decent despite everything; who improve what it is in their power to improve, but do not imagine themselves to be saviours. In their humble struggle is true heroism.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Struggle #Humble #Noble

  • To regret religion is to regret Western civilization.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Regret #Civilization #Western Civilization

  • So what exactly are the rewards of resentment. It is always a relief to know that the reason we have failed in life is not because we lack the talent, energy, or determination to succeed, but because of a factor that is beyond our control and that has loaded the dice decisively against us.
    -- Theodore Dalrymple

    #Determination #Rewards #Succeed